Ah, yes. The first week of the season. After weeks of practice in the blistering Texas heat, the first week of the season (which for some reason is called Zero Week) is finally here.
Ryan faces Corsicana on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. Here’s a quick synopsis on tomorrow night’s game.
Ryan (0-0) at Corsicana, 7:30 p.m., Tiger Stadium
Series Record: Ryan leads 3-0
Most notable match-up: Ryan and Corsicana met in back-to-back Class 4A Division I state quarterfinals in 2000 and 2001, the first two years under Ryan head coach Joey Florence.
What happened last year: Ryan couldn’t have started last year’s game any worse than it did. Corsicana scored the game’s first 22 points. Ryan fought back from 19-point halftime deficit, defeated Corsicana 40-28 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
What to look forward to this year: The Raiders are returning key players at key positions, starting with senior quarterback Mitchell Bridges, senior running back Tyrone Williams and senior defensive tackle J.T. Williams.
Corsicana, on the other hand, returns QB Devontay Bell.. Bell rushed for 209 yards and threw for 91 yards in the Tigers’ season-opening loss. Bell tore the ACL in his right knee in the middle of last season. With Bell far removed from the injury, it’ll be interesting to see how he does in his first back of action. Corsicana will be led by first-year head coach Steve Hoffman.
Ryan ‘s offense was really clicking at the end of last season, and a strong showing against Corsicana could be a sign that the trend will continue in 2013.
Key players for Corsicana: QB Devontay Bell, RB Tray Owens, TE Tiano McDonald
Key players for Ryan: QB Mitchell Bridges, RB Tyrone Williams, LB Cole Carpenter
What they’re saying: From the Corsicana Daily Sun:
“Their quarterback is a tough kid and he hurt them in the second half of that game last year,’’ [Corsicana head coach Steve] Hoffman said. “He’s a good thrower and a tough runner. We’ve got to play good defense.’’
UPDATE (8/30, 1:36 P.M.): As I was scrolling across the Ryan Raider football fan page on Facebook, somebody was very clever and parodied the GEICO Hump Day ad and gave it a local feel to it. So, check out Ryan WR Xavier Gray as he asks what day it is.